Friday Music
September 2010

St Stephen's Uniting Church
197 Macquarie St, Sydney
(opposite Parliament House)

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3rd September

Andrew Smith (saxophone)

David Howie (piano)

Chant de Menestrel - Alexander Glazounov (1865 - 1936)

Evening Song - Dmitri Smirnov (1881 - 1944)

Improvisation 1 - Ryo Noda (1948 - )

Improvisation 3 - Ryo Noda (1948 - )

Sonate - Robert Muczynski (1929 - 2010)

Balafon - Christian Lauba (1952 - )

Prelude 1 - George Gershwin (1898 - 1937)

Andrew Smith has recently completed a M.Mus from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the study of which was undertaken with the assistance of the prestigious Henderson Postgraduate Award. He has also been awarded a B.Mus (Hons), A.Mus.A (Dist) and an L.Mus.A. Andrew has furthered his study with regular sojourns to Europe to take lessons from some of the worlds leading saxophone pedagogues. Andrew has played in masterclasses for Claude Delangle, Niels Bijl, Kenneth Tse, Otis Murphy and the Diastema Quartet. He is a member of a number of chamber ensembles including the Chronology Arts Ensemble, the Nexas Saxophone Quartet, the eXa Project and Duo Plunge. He has also recently played for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphonia, Win Wollongong Symphony Orchestra and the Black and White Big Band.



10th September

Angus McPherson (flute)


Tango Etude No. 3 - Astor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992)

Fantasie No. 6 Georg - P. Telemann (1681-1767)
    i) Dolce
    ii) Allegro
    iv) Spirituoso

Melusina's Dream - Christine Draeger (1999)

Fish Are Jumping - Robert Dick (1999)

Castile Leon - Eric Lazar (2007)
With Special Guest: Shaun Barlow

The Great Train Race - Ian Clarke (1993)

Angus McPherson grew up in Sydney and currently studies with Dr Alexa Still at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Last year he completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) with Honours and is in now in his first year of a Master of Music (Performance). He has played with the Conservatorium's Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Modern Music Ensemble and occasionally plays Baroque Flute with the Early Music Ensemble and last year performed with the Palace Gate Orchestra. Angus has also played in orchestras for various local musical societies as well as with the Turramurra based Orchestra 143 and last year toured to Goulburn with the Bird Bath Trio. This year Angus spent six weeks in the USA, studying with flutemaker David Straubinger, to become a Certified Straubinger Pad Technician, and performing in a masterclass/summer school for contemporary flute expert Robert Dick. Angus enjoys performing a wide variety of styles, from early music to contemporary compositions and musical theatre. When not studying, Angus dabbles in flute repair, and teaches at his studio in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney.


17th September


Julia Ryder (cello), Ros Dunlop (clarinet) &
David Miller (piano)

Trio opus 44 - Louise Farrenc  (1804 - 1875)

1 Andante
2 Adagio
3 Minuet & Trio
4 Allegro

Verfranzt - Stephen Ingham (1951 - )

Charisma was founded by clarinettist Roslyn Dunlop and cellist Julia Ryder in 1995 to explore and develop music for clarinet and cello. The group has premiered many works and enjoys an international reputation for lively and virtuosic music-making, receiving critical acclaim for tours in Australasia and Europe. Programmes include works spanning four centuries and four continents. Many composers from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Britain and Germany have written works for Charisma. They Frequently conduct composer workshops, and are particularly keen to encourage emerging composers. Charisma moves easily across all kinds of musical boundaries – from classical to blues, avant-garde to tangos, and minimalist to multi-media works. The marriage of styles has led to performances in unconventional venues such as jazz clubs, art galleries, bars and open spaces as well as traditional concert halls. Collaborations with musicians and organizations have led to concerts of eclectic repertoire, such as the art exhibition "State of Art Peace", giving multimedia performances about human rights commencing in Manly Gallery and then regional NSW in 2004. They frequently collaborate with other musicians to expand on the trio repertoire. With guest Violinist Chris Kimber they gave many performances of the Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time, in 2004 & 2005. Recently with guest violist Valmai Coggins they gave a stunning performance of Moya Henderson's "G'day Africa" pieces. They have recordings on CD and record for the ABC.

Ros Dunlop is one of Australia's leading clarinetists/bass clarinetists. She has been a strong advocate of new music for the clarinet & bass clarinet all her professional life. She has commissioned many Australian Composers and premiered many new compositions by composers worldwide. Ros has performed throughout Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, East Timor and the USA, Her CDs have received International acclaim. Ros is a founding member of Charisma, with whom she has commissioned and premiered many new works including many multimedia premieres. In 2003 she embarked on an extensive project in East Timor, recording the traditional music of East Timor thus preserving it for future generations. She has been involved in music projects & concerts there ever since. Ros teaches clarinet and chamber music at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Julia Ryder has earned a reputation as one of Australia's most accomplished performers. She has won various prizes for her interpretation of Beethoven and chamber music as well as for her performances at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik. She has worked with composers such as Messiaen, Xenakis, Ferneyhough and Finnissy and has toured and recorded extensively as a soloist and with Australian and European ensembles and also appearing regularly at major festivals in Australia, Asia and Europe. Julia records for ABC Classics, Etcetera records (Holland) and Virgin Classics. She is a founding member of Charisma and Michelangeli Ensemble. She teaches chamber music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

David Miller is one of Australia's leading chamber musicians and vocal accompanists. The Sydney Morning Herald described him as "the role model of Australian accompanists. He has been awarded an AM for his services to Music. His distinguished career has included partnerships with many internationally renowned artists, Joan Carden, Marilyn Richardson John Pringle, to name but a few. He has performed with The Huntington Trio, Flederrman, The Song Company, The Australia Ensemble. He is a founding member of the Grevillea Ensemble. He has performed in the U.K, New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, New Caledonia, Korea, Vanuatu and Vietnam. He has recorded for Walsingham Classics, Tall Poppies, Vox Australis, 2MBS-FM and ABC Classics. David Miller is on the staff of Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is Chair Ensemble Studies.


24th September

Peter Guy (organ)

(Organist, Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle &
former Director of Music, St Stephen's, Macquarie St)

Fantasia and Fugue in C minor BWV 537 - JS Bach (1685 - 1750)

Elegy - George Thalben-Ball (1896 - 1987)

Cantilene - Théodore Salomé (1834 - 1896)

Lied and Berceuse from 24 Pieces en style libre - Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)

Final from Symphony 1 - Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)

Peter Guy is Organist and Master of the Choristers at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle. Appointed at the age of 26, he is the youngest person to hold this position. Prior to this, Peter was Director of Music at St Stephen's Uniting Church, Macquarie St, Sydney and the inaugural Director of Chapel Music at St Andrew's College, University of Sydney.

Peter studied for his Bachelor of Music at the University of Newcastle, majoring in Pipe Organ and Choral Conducting under Dr Philip Matthias. He graduated with First Class Honours and received the University Medal. He was the recipient of many awards while studying, including the Michael Dudman Scholarship, Newton John Prize for the most outstanding graduate, Vice Chancellor's Honours Scholarship and an Australian Postgraduate Award.

In 2003, Peter performed in the national keyboard final of the Symphony Australia Young Performer's Award, performing Poulenc's Concerto for Organ and Strings with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Peter has also appeared with the Canberra Youth Orchestra for numerous concerto performances, and has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

In 2009, Peter released his first solo recording of organ works, Organ Classics From Newcastle Cathedral. He also appears on a recent recording by the Organ Historical Trust of Australia, Vintage Sounds Alive: Historic Organs of NSW and as an accompanist on recordings by the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir and Christ Church Cathedral Choir. He has been broadcast on many radio stations, both locally and internationally, including a Sunday Live performance for ABC Classic FM from the Harold Lobb Concert Hall at The Conservatorium, Newcastle.

Peter enjoys an active recital schedule, performing around Australia and internationally. He has toured to the UK, France, South Korea and the USA, performing at venues including St Paul's Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, London, and Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. He has recently returned from America, performing the opening recital of the Organ Historical Society's 2010 Annual Convention in Pittsburgh.

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